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“Open Letter to My. . .”

Stumbled across this on the interwebs this week.  It is corny, but I loved it.  Before I quote it, here is where you can see the “original”:  Ordinary Outdoorsman.

An Open Letter to My Old Fishing Reel

The only thing I would have to change about that little “ditty” is the reel–gotta be one of my beloved “cream and green” Zebco Cardinal 4’s!  Oh, and I ain’t retiring it.

Back in my high school days I saved my pennies to buy my first quality spinning reel.  I shopped and shopped and agonized over that decision, picked the best spinning reel of the time, still have it, still use it, still love it!  As far as I am concerned, it is still as good as anything else, even the more modern spinning reels on the market now.  I have and still use several of the old “Cream and Greens”!

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An interstate lake pike from a long time ago, still using the reel!

Oh yes, I am a believer in using the right tool for the job; I have a basement full of fishing rods and reels to prove it.  But, there is something to be said for picking quality equipment and then using it as much as possible.  The more you have that one tool in your hand, the more proficient you will become with it.  No less than long-time, professional bass angler Rick Clunn has said the same thing.

“My rod and my reel, they comfort me”–Psalm 23:4, Revised Daryl Bauer Version

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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